Domestic terrorism includes violence by Americans who belong to anti-government militias, white supremacist groups or individuals who ascribe to similar ideologies not connected to Islamic extremism.
(Frank Figliuzzi, “I Predicted More Hate-Based Violence. El Paso Won’t Be the End of It,” NYTimes, 7-31-19)
I’ve no bone to pick with Mr. Figliuzzi’s message; only with his verb. It should be “subscribe” instead of “ascribe.”
Some may consider niceties of lexicon and syntax to be irrelevant in texts that deal with deadly matters. I choose to believe a text’s message gains force by being expressed accurately and with good form.
(c) 2019 JMN